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Compensation may be possible following an truck crash injury

A seemingly ordinary trip on the interstate may quickly become a disaster if a commercial truck ends up striking you. The accident may spark a wide variety of emotions within you, ranging from shock to anger, if the truck driver caused the collision due to negligent behavior.

Fortunately, in this situation, it is within your rights to seek compensation for your truck crash injuries by filing a personal injury claim. Seeking an attorney's help with this process may be beneficial for multiple reasons, given the complicated nature of these types of civil court claims in California.

Addressing fault in the accident

Perhaps the truck driver caused your accident injury, but you were partially at fault in the collision. That does not mean you cannot file a claim against the truck driver for compensation. California follows the theory of comparative negligence, meaning that fault in an accident situation is allocated to both parties based on how much their actions contributed to the cause of the crash.

Therefore, in your truck accident case, even if you are partially responsible for the accident, you may still receive compensation -- it just may be less than what you would have received had you not been at fault. An attorney can go over this with you and give you an estimation of what you will receive in such a situation.

Figuring out each party responsible for the crash

The truck driver might not be the only person responsible for your accident injuries. Here are some other potentially responsible parties that you may not have thought of:

  • Contractors
  • Trucking companies
  • Government entities
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • Employers
  • Insurance companies

Discovering each party who may be responsible for the injuries you suffered is critical, as this will allow you to pursue compensation from them while you are still within the statute of limitations for doing so. An attorney can assist you in pinpointing and locating these parties as quickly as possible.

Your damage award

If you successfully fight your claim with the help of an attorney, you might receive a damage award. Monetary compensation in a truck crash injury case may help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses associated with the accident. The monetary award cannot undo the events leading to your accident, but it may help you to easily move on from it.

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